"In 1993 Lee Gutkind had the urge to build a forum for the best conversation around: the new literary nonfiction. Two decades later, Creative Nonfiction has established itself as the voice of the genre." –Poets & Writers


Issue #73, Fall 2020

This issue celebrates stories of the self in the world. Writers find (or, at least, try to find) meaning in familiar as well as unimaginable moments—the loves, losses, and joys that define our lives.

Also in this issue: the seductive dangers of self-mythologizing, the memoir-in-pieces, tiny truths, and more.

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What's the Story #73 Lee Gutkind

Memoirists must think long and hard about the stories they write and the people their stories might affect—not just to safeguard characters, but also to protect themselves. read more

Bloodlines and Bitter Syrup Will Bridges

Avoiding prison in Huntsville, Texas, is nearly impossible read more

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Caitlin Dwyer

The ABC's of buying a house in rapidly gentrifying Portland, Oregon more

The Lesson

Jennifer Jordán Schaller

Mother-daughter day-drinking more


True Stories, Well Told

Edited by Lee Gutkind & Hattie Fletcher

Twenty of the most vital and vibrant stories from Creative Nonfiction magazine's first 20 years of literary publishing. more


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